Newcomb, Danforth

Danforth Newcomb

Of Counsel

Mr. Newcomb's practice concentrates on complex investigations, regulatory proceedings and disputes, often with an international element.  He was approved by the United Nations as an expert on ethics and compliance. He has served as a Department of Justice and SEC sanctioned compliance monitor. He advises on investigations and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. International Economic Sanctions, Money Laundering laws and the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act.  Mr. Newcomb has handled major matters for clients located in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America in addition to North American-based clients.  In 2016, Global Investigations Review awarded him its Outstanding Career Award.

Selected Experience

Mr. Newcomb founded the anti-corruption practice at Shearman & Sterling. Every year since 2011, Chambers USA has named him a Senior Statesman among the Leading FCPA Experts.  Main Justice, a leading news publication on criminal defense matters, recognized him as an FCPA Master.  His foreign anticorruption experience began in 1976 with an SEC mandated investigation that was a precursor for the FCPA.  He also obtained an early (81-1) FCPA Review Procedure Release from the DOJ that is a foundation for present day third party due diligence practices.  Mr. Newcomb is a member of the Board of Advisers to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Reporter and founding editor of the FCPA Digest.

Selected Publications

  • Publications include “Digest of FCPA Cases,” The United States chapter in Neate and Godfrey: Bank Confidentiality, “Policing Trans-Border Fraud,” “The View from the Bridge,” “U.S. Forfeiture of International Bank Deposits,” and “Waiving Bank Secrecy in the U.S.”


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1968
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1965


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